Social Studies Scoop
A Monthly Bulletin for 6-12 Social Studies Teachers in CCS
Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life
In this edition:
- Student Programs: Mock Trial Awards
- Professional Development: Test Prep Tuesday Google Hangouts
- Professional Development: Middle School Content Experts
- Curriculum & Instruction: Black History Month
Student Programs: Mock Trial
CCS Students Excel at the Ohio Mock Trial Competition
Fifteen teams from eight CCS high schools competed in the Ohio Mock Trial competition on January 26 at the Franklin County Courthouse. CCS teams and their advisors include: Centennial HS (Brady McCullough), Columbus North International School (Leanne Sunderman), Ft. Hayes Arts & Academic HS (Jeff Chopko), Marion-Franklin HS (Andrew Brower), Northland HS (Tom Gibson), South HS (Keath Luke), Walnut Ridge HS (Dave Skiles), and Whetstone HS (Karen Ballmer).
Congratulations to Whetstone HS Team 8 who advanced to the regional competition to be held this month. Whetstone Humanities 10 teachers Karen Ballmer and Bethany Bell incorporated Mock Trial into their American Humanities class, sending eight teams to the competition. In addition to the team award, Whetstone students captured 5 Outstanding Attorney Awards and 3 Outstanding Witness Awards.
Additional CCS student awards include:
Washington Cole (Columbus North International) - Outstanding Witness
Odessa Robinson (Ft. Hayes) - Outstanding Witness
Jaimee Booth (Ft. Hayes) - Outstanding Attorney
Jahlil Briggs (Ft. Hayes) - Outstanding Attorney
Tyler Morefield (Centennial) - Outstanding Attorney
Jennifer Adomoko (Centennial) - Outstanding Witness
Rico Felix (South) - Outstanding Attorney
Kala Chanthachack (South) - Outstanding Witness
Test Prep Tuesday Google Hangouts
You do not need to pre-register for these events; simply go to the following URL: http://tinyurl.com/testpreptuesday and log in with your CCS Google username and password. You do not need a microphone or camera to participate, just a device with audio output.
All sessions will be held from 3:00 - 3:20 p.m. on the following dates:
- February 20 - Vocabulary & Quick Review
- February 27 - Online Historical Thinking Exercises
- March 6 - Evidence-Based Text Sets
- March 13 - Scoring Extended Responses
Middle School Content Experts PD 2018
The Social Studies Content Experts program is focused on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. Using the Inquiry Design Model from C3, participating teachers are working in teams to develop an original inquiry and field test the inquiry in their classrooms.
In the first session, we discussed compelling and supporting and questions in social studies. Grade level teams began preparing their IDM templates by creating a first draft of the inquiry questions.
In February, we will continue to build C3 inquiries by looking at Dimension 2 (Disciplinary Concepts & Tools). Don't forget to read Chapter 1 of Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer? by Bruce Lesh for this month's leaderboard activity!
The remaining Content Expert meetings will be held at Linmoor Education Center, 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15, 2018.
Congratulations to Amy, Mrs. T, and The Riddeler for taking home the top prizes in the MS Content Experts Kahoot Leaderboard activity in January.
Curriculum & Instruction: Black History Month
Teaching Hard History
You can read more about the report here: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/the-courage-to-teach-hard-history and access the curriculum materials (aligned with the C3 Framework) here: https://www.tolerance.org/frameworks/teaching-hard-history/american-slavery.
Teaching Hard History is led by Professor Hasan Jeffries of The Ohio State University. Dr. Jeffries has been a long-time friend to the CCS Social Studies Department through his work with our Teaching American History grants and Urban Studies Institute. You can access his past presentations through the History Speaks website and Urban Studies Institute page.
Newsela: Making Things That Change The World: STEAM & The Black Experience
You can access these free lessons and readings here: https://newsela.com/text-sets/286525.
Columbus Neighborhoods: King-Lincoln
You can access the full documentary, or segments with supporting instructional resources (background/overview, learning objectives, discussion questions) here: http://columbusneighborhoods.org/neighborhood/king-lincoln/king-lincoln-lesson-plans.